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American Mink, Neovison vison


Short description of Neovison vison, American Mink

The American mink is a semi-aquatic mustelid with rich, usually dark brown fur. There is often a white patch on the chin but this species generally lacks the white upper lip shown by the European mink M. lutreola. It is a generalist and opportunist predator with a variable diet that includes aquatic, semi-aquatic and terrestrial prey.

Description of Neovison vison, American Mink status in GB

The American mink is almost ubiquitous in GB but, except for parts of northern Scotland, Arran, the Outer Hebrides and most offshore islands. The GB population size was estimated at 36,950 in 2004.

Habitat summary: Neovison vison, American Mink

Mink occupy both freshwater and saltwater habitats. Mink habitually follow waterways, lake edges and coasts, but cross other habitats regularly. They can often spend time feeding away from water, where conditions allow.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Northwestern U.S.A., North-Central U.S.A., Northeastern U.S.A., South-Central U.S.A., Southeastern U.S.A., Alberta, British Columbia, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon
Functional type: Predator
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Singleton, near Blackpool
Date of first record: 1948

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of American Mink

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant, Laura Bonesi

Last updated:

October 2nd 2019

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